Pagbilao power station
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Pagbilao power station is a 735-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Quezon Province, Philippines.
The map below shows the plant, in Ibabang Polo Barangay, Pagbilao Municipality, Quezon Province, on Pagbilao Grande Island.
Background on Plant
The two-unit, 735-MW Pagbilao coal-fired power plant was completed in 1996. The plant is owned by Team Energy, a joint venture of Japanese companies Tokyo Electric Power Company and Marubeni Corporation.
Description of Expansion
In March 2012, Team Energy and the Aboitiz Group announced that they would partner on an additional 420-MW coal-fired unit at Pagbilao. The unit would run on lower-quality Philippine or Indonesian coal. In 2013, Team Energy announced that Marubeni, one of its two owners, would handle engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).
Environmental permits were issued in June 2013. In June 2014, the plant's owners announced that Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Korea's Daelim Industrial would be constructing the plant. In June 2014, First Gen, a subsidiary of First Philippine Holdings Corporation, announced that it was considering buying a stake in the project. Ground was broken on the project in July 2014. Total cost of the project will be $976 million, and the plant is expected to be completed in Q2 2017.
In September 2017, Aboitiz announced that the plant had been tested up to its 420 MW capacity and that it would begin commercial operations by the end of the year.
In January 2018 it was reported Unit 3 was still in the testing phase, and would begin operations in February 2018. On February 27, 2018, the Pagbilao council issued a cease-and-desist order (CDO) against Unit 3 because its owners had not signed a memorandum of understanding on corporate social responsibility (CSR) which, according to Aboitiz, would have required expenditures of "an amount above the company’s approved budget for CSR." The Pagbilao council lifted the CDO on March 7, 2018, and Unit 3 went into commercial operation.
Project Details for Unit 3 Expansion
- Sponsor: Team Energy and Therma Power
- Parent company: Tokyo Electric Power Company, Marubeni Corporation, and Aboitiz Group
- Location: Ibabang Polo Barangay, Pagbilao Municipality, Quezon Province, Philippines
- Coordinates: 13.8932, 121.745 (exact)
- Status: Operating
- Gross Capacity: 420 MW
- Type: Supercritical
- Projected in service: 2018
- Coal Type: Low-quality coal from Philippines/Indonesia
- Coal Source:
- Source of financing: 70% bank loans; 30% equity: Banco De Oro (BDO), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), China Bank, First Metro Investment Corporation (FIC), PNB Capital, Philippine Savings Bank (PSB), and SB Capital Investment Corporation (SBC) (US$750 million total)
Articles and resources
- Pagbilao Coal Power Plant Philippines, Global Energy Observatory, accessed May 2012
- "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
- Añonuevo, Euan. Team Energy, Aboitiz Power to expand Pagbilao plant capacity. InterAksyon, 30 Mar. 2012.
- "Pagbilao plant to add 400MW capacity," Rappler, September 29, 2013
- Private Sector Initiated Power Projects (Luzon), Philippines Department of Energy, 30 Sept. 2014.
- MHPS wins coal-fired power plant construction contract from Pagbilao Energy, power-technology.com, 3 June 2014.
- First Gen Eyes Stake in Pagbilao Coal-fired Power Plant in Quezon, Philippines, Mining Connection, 11 June 2014.
- Pagbilao expansion to cost nearly $1B, MSN News, 11 Sept. 2014.
- Pagbilao coal plant tests full capacity, Manila Standard, 17 Sep 2017.
- "Pagbilao Energy set to operate $1-b coal-fired power plant in February," Manila Standard, January 02, 2018
- PAGBILAO GETS COURT REPRIEVE TO PROCEED WITH POWER PLANT, Department of Energy, Mar. 21, 2018
- Philippines’ Pagbilao Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant Starts Commercial Operations, Power Links, Mar. 15, 2018
- "Pagbilao Power Plant Expansion," Power Technology, accessed May 2018